Bama Continues In SEC Baseball Lead

A college baseball adage is that if you are going to win only one game in a three-game Southeastern Conference series, it is better to win the last game on Sunday in order to gather momentum for the following week. There are, however, better plans. For instance: (A) Win all three games. (B) Win the first two.



Alabama missed out on the series sweep against Tennessee, but the Crimson Tide of Coach Mitch Gaspard continues to lead the SEC Western Division and have the best league record regardless of division after taking two games from the Vols last weekend.

Alabama did not win the Sunday game, blowing a six-run lead in the last two innings. But Bama did win the Friday and Saturday games (including coming from five runs behind to win on Saturday). As a result, the Tide improved to 12-6 in SEC play, a tad ahead of LSU (10-7-1) and Ole Miss (10-8) in the Western Division, and even with East-leading Florida (12-6) for overall best.

Alabama improved its overall record to 28-12.

The Crimson Tide gets back to action Tuesday, hosting Southern Mississippi at 6 p.m. CDT. This weekend Bama goes to South Carolina – a team that was ranked number one in the nation earlier this season – for games Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The Saturday and Sunday games will be televised on ESPN.

Alabama's player of the week nominees for SEC consideration are:

Player of the Week Ben Moore, 6-1, 210-pound junior outfielder from Cullman -- Hit .500 (10-for-20) with eight RBI and eight runs scored as the Tide posted a 4-1 record … had four extra base hits for a .900 slugging percentage … also had two walks and two hit by pitches to post a .583 on-base percentage … had two hits in each of the five games during the week … with the score tied 1-1 against Jackson State he hit his first career grand slam in the seventh inning to put the Tide ahead for good and spark a 7-run inning … after having a two-run double in the sixth inning in the series finale at Tennessee, he hit his second home run of the week in the top of the ninth inning to put the Tide ahead 9-8 … is now hitting .302 for the season and leads the team with 31 runs scored … is second on the team with five home runs and 26 RBI.

Pitcher of the Week Tucker Hawley, 6-4, 215-pound senior right-hander from Aiken, S.C. – Came out of the bullpen to throw seven hitless and scoreless innings to get the win against Jackson State to get the win … threw a total of 69 pitches in seven innings … struck out one and walked two while retiring the final 14 batters of the game … the victory marked his third of the season as he improved to 3-1 with an 0.68 ERA in 26.2 innings … is holding opponents to .151 batting average.

Freshman of the Week Thomas Burrows, 6-1, 220-pound left-hander from Florence -- Collected the save in three consecutive games for the Tide … gave up just one hit with six strikeouts in 4.1 total innings pitched … threw 30 pitches in 1.2 innings against UAB, where he had two strikeouts and two walk … in 1.2 innings in the series opener at Tennessee, he had three strikeout and retired all five batters he faced … allowed a hit in a scoreless inning in Alabama's come-from-behind win on Saturday over the Vols … for the season he has a 4-1 record and is 8-for-8 in save opportunities … has a 0.73 ERA (2 runs) with 26 strikeouts in 24.2 innings and is holding opponents to a .105 batting average.

SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE STANDINGS 4-21-14

WESTERN DIVISION

ALABAMA 12-6 SEC 28-12 Overall

LSU 10-7-1 30-10-1

Ole Miss 10-8 30-11

Arkansas 9-9 25-156

Texas A&M 8-10 24-17

Auburn 7-11 22-19

EASTERN DIVISION

Florida 12-6 27-13

South Carolina 10-8 30-10

Kentucky 9-9 36-14

Vanderbilt 8-10 29-12

Georgia 7-10-1 21-18-1

Tennessee 7-11 25-13

Missouri 6-12 17-21

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